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With a history spanning across more than two centuries, Middlebury College is a unique institution, among the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges, with a reach extending from our main campus in Vermont's Champlain Valley to specialized and graduate programs located around the world.



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Middlebury College Archival Images
Middlebury College Archival Images
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A collection of historic photos and other graphic materials documenting the history of Middlebury College and the surrounding community. Digitized from original materials held by Middlebury Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury College Newspapers and Magazines
Middlebury College Newspapers and Magazines
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This is a collection of campus newspapers and alumni newsletters, among other College publications, from the 19th Century to the present.  Downloadable items include complete back issues of The Undergraduate, The Middlebury Campus, Middlebury College magazine, and more, currently held and maintained by Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, Middlebury, Vt.
Middlebury College Historic Texts
Middlebury College Historic Texts
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A collection of archival texts - including letters, manuscripts, journals, and printed ephemera from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries - held and digitized by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Topics: Middlebury College, Manuscripts
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Among the many historical items in Middlebury College's Vermont Collection are over 1,100 photographic postcards from depicting landscapes, structures, disasters, and daily life in early 20th Century Vermont. Many of Vermont's towns and villages are represented in the collection, and we are proud to share digitized versions of these important historic images via the Internet Archive. For more information about any of the items in the collection, please contact Middlebury College Special...
Middlebury College Yearbooks
Middlebury College Yearbooks
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46,028
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This collection contains copies of the Middlebury Kaleidoscope – Middlebury College’s yearbook – digitized by Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, Middlebury, Vt.
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
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The Julian W. Abernethy Library of American Literature was bequeathed to Middlebury College in 1923, upon the death of Julian W. Abernethy, Class of 1876, College Trustee from 1901-1923. A distinguished teacher and scholar of American and British literature, Abernethy was an avid bibliophile and during his lifetime amassed an extraordinary collection of first editions, collected works, critical editions, and original manuscripts by the most notable men and women in American letters from the...
Topics: Transcendentalism, American writers, Manuscripts, Literature, Middlebury College
Vermont Railroads Collection
Vermont Railroads Collection
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Contains items related to Vermont’s railroads and their history from Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives' collections of rare books, historical photos, and ephemera.
Topics: Railroads, Vermont, Middlebury College
Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection
Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection
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One of the nation's great archival collections of New England folksong, folklore, and balladry, the Flanders Ballad Collection was the lifework of Helen Hartness Flanders (1890-1972), of Springfield, Vermont.  Over the course of thirty years, and with the assistance of Marguerite Olney, Flanders gathered and preserved more than 4,800 field recordings of New England folksongs and ballads as sung by native Vermonters and other New Englanders. In May, 1941, she donated the collection to...
Topics: folksong, folklore, balladry, Middlebury College, New England, folksongs
Middlebury Language Schools
Middlebury Language Schools
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11,719
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This is a collection of publications, photos, video, and other archival content documenting the long and rich history of the Middlebury Language Schools, which have taken place during 6 to 8 week long summer sessions each year since 1915. Items in this collection are digitized versions of objects currently held by Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives, Middlebury, Vt.
Robinson Family letters at Rokeby Museum
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The Robinson Family letters from Rokeby Museum represent several generations of Quaker families in Vermont, especially the Robinsons - a family of farmers, abolitionists, artists, and authors whose home in Ferrisburgh is now a National Historic Landmark and one of the best-documented Underground Railroad sites in the country. The letters concern personal, farming, and business matters relating to the various families, and major political and social issues of their times, including abolitionism,...
Topics: Rokeby Museum, Robinson Family papers, Abolitionism, United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865,...
Vermont Life Magazine
Vermont Life Magazine
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36,725
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Vermont Life magazine was a quarterly magazine, published by the State of Vermont, covering Vermont’s "people, places and culture." The state-owned magazine was founded in 1946 and ceased publication in the summer of 2018. Vermont Life was digitized from originals held by the State of Vermont, Middlebury College Special Collections, and the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library with funding support from the following: Davis Family Foundation, Middlebury College Friends of the Library,...
Topics: Vermont Life, magazine
Middlebury College Map Collection
Middlebury College Map Collection
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These 19th and Early 20th Century maps of Vermont and the surrounding region have been scanned from original documents in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College. For more information about any of the items in the collection, please contact Middlebury College Special Collections and Archives at specialcollections@middlebury.edu .
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Historic photographs from the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, originally presented in 'A Walking History of Middlebury' by Glenn M. Andres. This digital image collection is hosted by Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury, Vt.,, Photographs
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Hadley Hall belonging to Anonymous student, Class of 2019.
Topics: Middlebury College, Hadley Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Battell belonging to Anonymous student, Class of 2018.
Topics: Middlebury College, Battell Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury College Catalogs
Middlebury College Catalogs
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A complete archive of Middlebury College course catalogs starting in 1804, from Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
Topic: course catalogs
Student Activism at Middlebury College
Student Activism at Middlebury College
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As part of Middlebury College Special Collections' commitment to preserving and providing access to a complex record of student life, we are sharing a selection of 19th-21st Century primary documents related to student activism at Middlebury.  We hope that the items in this collection contribute to a more complete history of the College, its student body, the broader communities in which they reside, and the rich - and sometimes controversial - history of political and cultural...
Topic: student activism
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Battell belonging to Anonymous student, Class of 2019.
Topics: Middlebury College, Battell Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Hemingway Family Archive at Middlebury College
Hemingway Family Archive at Middlebury College
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The Hemingway Family Archive at Middlebury College joins Hemingway  archives in more than 75 private and institutional collections, the most distinguished of which include those at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the  University of Texas at Austin. Compiled by writer Leicester Hemingway (1915-1982), the younger brother of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), our physical collection contains more than 1,600...
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Coffrin belonging to Anonymous student, Class of 2019.
Topics: Middlebury College, Coffrin Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Hadley Hall belonging to Christina Puchinelli, Class of 2019.
Topics: Middlebury College, Hadley Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
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33,060
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The Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive includes video of lectures and events from Middlebury College. Lectures and addresses included in this collection have been delivered by speakers from many institutions on a variety of critical topics, and are made available whenever possible via the Internet Archive and other online platforms.
Topics: Lectures, Commencement speeches, Middlebury College
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Stewart Hall belonging to Peter Martin, Class of 2019.
Topics: Middlebury College, Stewart Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury College Map Collection
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Map of the Rutland Railroad and its connections in the New England states, New York, Pennsylvania, Ontario and Quebec. Also includes a map of the elevation profiles of the two divisions of the Rutland Railroad, the Mountain Division from Bellows Falls to Rutland, and the Champlain Valley Division, from Rutland to Burlington.
Topics: Vermont, maps
Middlebury Special Collections
by Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963
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93 p. ; 18 cm.
Topic: Poetry
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Hepburn Hall belonging to Kyle Schlanger, Class of 2018.
Topics: Middlebury College, Hepburn Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Gifford Hall belonging to Timo van der Geese, Class of 2018.
Topics: Middlebury College, Gifford Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury Special Collections
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v. : ill.
Topics: 28cm., Middlebury College, Middlebury College Magazine, College newspapers
Middlebury Special Collections
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v. : ill.
Topics: 28cm., Middlebury College, Middlebury College Magazine, College newspapers
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Hadley Hall belonging to Jenna Flug, Class of 2019.
Topics: Middlebury College, Hadley Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Pearsons belonging to Amy Tat, Class of 2018.
Topics: Middlebury College, Pearsons Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Hadley Hall belonging to Christina Puchinelli, Class of 2019.
Topics: Middlebury College, Hadley Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury College Archival Images
by C. Parker, Washington D.C. photographer
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Portrait of Timothy Clark Smith, M.D., Middlebury College Alumnus, Class of 1842; Staff Surgeon in the Russian army, 1855-1856; born in Monkton, Vt.; physician; U.S. Consul at Odessa, Russia, 1861-1875, at Galatz, 1878-1883; died in Middlebury, Vt.; (right-facing portrait) Title supplied by cataloger
Topics: Middlebury College, Alumni and alumnae, Smith, Timothy C. (Timothy Clark), 1821-1893
Source: a9pf.1842.smithtc.02
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892
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Program for the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty on October 28, 1886. Includes the first appearance of John Greenleaf Whittier's poem "The Bartholdi Statue, " p. 61-62. This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Pamphlets Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892, Poem, Abernethy Pamphlets Collection
Middlebury Special Collections
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v. : ill.
Topics: 28cm., Middlebury College, Middlebury College Magazine, College newspapers
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Dorm room in Hadley Hall belonging to David McDaniel, Class of 2019.
Topics: Middlebury College, Hadley Hall, Student life, Campus buildings, College students, Dormitories
Middlebury Special Collections
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v. : ill.
Topics: 28cm., Middlebury College, Middlebury College Magazine, College newspapers
Middlebury College Yearbooks
by Middlebury College
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Topics: Middlebury College, Yearbooks, College archives
Middlebury Special Collections
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Students pose in front of KDR house at 48 South Street, Middlebury, Vermont.  This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: KDR, Kappa Delta Rho, Student activities
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College Publication Department
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Middlebury College New Faces for the Class of 1988. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, College freshmen, First-year students, Photographs, New Faces
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College Publication Department
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Middlebury College New Faces for the Class of 1985. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, College freshmen, First-year students, Photographs, New Faces
Middlebury College Newspapers and Magazines
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Topics: College newspapers, Middlebury College, Middlebury College Newsletter, 1972
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections
Middlebury Special Collections
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Halloween card in Middlebury College's collection of holiday cards. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Halloween, Postcards, Holiday cards, Greeting cards
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Rutland Railroad steam locomotive 232 is belching smoke and steam in front of the railroad station at St. Alban's, Vermont, as two men stand on the adjacent sidewalk.
Topics: Railroad stations, Saint Albans, Postcards
Middlebury Special Collections
by Wilbur, LaFayette, 1834-1918
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463 pages. Volume 4 of 4. Historical treatise detailing the early history of the state of Vermont. This is a digitized version of the original book in the Vermont Collection at Middlebury College.
Topic: History
Middlebury College Newspapers and Magazines
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Topics: College newspapers, Middlebury College, Middlebury College Newsletter, 1974
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College Publication Department
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Middlebury College New Faces for the Class of 1979. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, College freshmen, First-year students, Photographs, New Faces
Middlebury College Newspapers and Magazines
by Middlebury College
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Topics: College newspapers, Middlebury College, Middlebury Campus, 1974
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Mailed to Mrs. Alma Notemyer in Jeffersonville, Vermont. Postmarked Oct. 4, 1908. Railroad station in St. Albans, Vermont, with two steam locomotives and a passenger car in front
Topics: Railroad stations, Saint Albans, Postcards
Middlebury Special Collections
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19.5x11.5 cm. First Line: "The heart bow'd down by weight of woe" Note: "From the Opera of The Bohemian Girl" This is a scanned copy of the original broadside in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Helen Hartness Flanders, Broadsides, Folk music, Folksongs, Ballads, New England
Middlebury Special Collections
by Dunbar, Marion Elizabeth
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Manuscript journal kept by Marion Elizabeth Dunbar, Class of 1897, during 1895. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, Middlebury College alumni, Middlebury alumni, Diaries
Middlebury Special Collections
by Wilbur, LaFayette, 1834-1918
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397 pages. Volume 3 of 4. Historical treatise detailing the early history of the state of Vermont. This is a digitized version of the original book in the Vermont Collection at Middlebury College.
Topic: History
Middlebury College Archival Images
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Varsity Baseball team, spring 1977.
Topics: Baseball, Varsity, College sports
Source: Middlebury College Special Collections & Archives: a10pfmcnb01-01-1977-01n
Middlebury Special Collections
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Genealogy charts for the Robinson Family. 
Topics: Robinson Family, Genealogy, Genealogical charts, Robinson Family papers
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College Publication Department
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Middlebury College New Faces for the Class of 1983. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, College freshmen, First-year students, Photographs, New Faces
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Spectators are standing around the scene of a train wreck in Hardwick, Vermont, on April 10, 1907, with a locomotive and passenger car on their sides and another passenger car derailed but still upright.
Topics: Railroad accidents, Hardwick (Vt.), Postcards
Middlebury College Archival Images
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Students sit on a hay wagon, presumably as part of a Kappa Delta Rho function.
Topics: Student activities, Greek letter societies, Kappa Delta Rho
Source: s3pf.kappadeltarho.1942.01
Abernethy Collection of American Literature
by Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892
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This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Pamphlets Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Whitman, Walt, 1819-1892, Poem, Abernethy Pamphlets Collection
Printed pamphlet containing letters written to Governor Henry S. Wise of Virginia and Mrs. Mason, wife of Senator James Mason of Virginia on the subject of John Brown. This is a scanned version of the original document in the Abernethy Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Child, Lydia Maria, 1802-1880, Correspondence, Abernethy Manuscripts Collection
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Postmarked Sept. 14, 1905 and sent to C. E. Morrison, 516 Central Ave., Oil City, Pa. Main Street in Brattleboro, Vermont, with commercial buildings on both sides of the street.
Topics: Brattleboro (Vt.), Buildings, structures, etc., Postcards
Middlebury College Archival Images
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Photograph of Mary Annette Anderson, the first woman of color to graduate from Middlebury College (Class of 1899), with her Alpha Chi sisters. The photograph is from the scrapbook of Alice Warren Brooks (Class of 1901).  This is a scanned version of the original document in Special Collections at Middlebury College.
Topics: Middlebury College, Middlebury College alumni, African American women, Alpha Chi, Anderson, Mary...
Middlebury College Archival Images
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Painter Hall from the east
Topics: College buildings, Painter Hall, College campus
Source: a12pf.painter.1906.01
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Birdseye aerial view of Camp Norway, over Fairlee Lake, Fairlee, Vermont.
Topics: Camps, Fairlee (Vt.), Postcards
Middlebury Special Collections
by Wilbur, LaFayette, 1834-1918
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419 pages. Volume 2 of 4. Historical treatise detailing the early history of the state of Vermont. This is a digitized version of the original book in the Vermont Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Vermont, History
View of Hepburn Hall and Mead Chapel looking north, ca. 1930s.
Topics: Middlebury (Vt.)--Buildings, structures, etc., College buildings--Vermont, Middlebury (Vt.),...
Source: Postcards, Stewart-Swift Research Center at the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History
40.5x26.5 First Line: "When a child I lived at Lincoln with my parents at the farm" This is a scanned copy of the original broadside in the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection at Middlebury College.
Topics: Helen Hartness Flanders, Broadsides, Folk music, Folksongs, Ballads, New England
Middlebury College Yearbooks
by Middlebury College
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Topics: Middlebury College, Yearbooks, College archives
Middlebury College Catalogs
by Middlebury College
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Middlebury College course catalog from 1989. Scanned from the original by Middlebury College Special Collections.
Topics: Course catalogs, Middlebury College, College archives, Catalogues
Middlebury Special Collections
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Topics: 28cm., Middlebury College, Middlebury College Magazine, College newspapers
Early Vermont Postcards Collection
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Island Park pavilion, with bridge connecting New Hampshire and Vermont over the Connecticut River, Brattleboro, Vermont.
Topics: Parks, Brattleboro, Postcards
Robert Frost and Anne Sexton at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 1959. Individuals in the photograph include, from left to right, Elizabeth Baker, Irene Orgel, Robert Frost, Anne Sexton, and George Lea. 
Topics: Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, American poets, Poets, Photographs, Middlebury College, Ripton...
Middlebury Special Collections
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v. : ill.
Topics: 28cm., Middlebury College, Middlebury College Magazine, College newspapers
Middlebury Special Collections
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Part of the Kent Family Collection at Middlebury College Special Collections (Middlebury, Vt).
Topics: Middlebury College, Portraits, Photographs, Early photography, Kent family
Portrait of Henry Hobart Vail, Middlebury College Alumnus (1860) and Middlebury College Trustee (1893-1925); (left-facing portrait). Title supplied by cataloger
Topics: Middlebury College, College trustees, Alumni and alumnae
Source: a1pf.vailh
Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College Publication Department
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Middlebury College New Faces for the Class of 2006. This is a scanned version of the original image in Special Collections and Archives at Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.
Topics: Middlebury College, College freshmen, First-year students, Photographs, New Faces